As Tony Pritchard so aptly put it – Geoff White is the perfect candidate to be recognized by ISTD for his selfless contribution to British graphic design – and British graphic design education.
Geoff was born in 1928 and is part of a generation of post-war British Modernist designers. He studied at the Central School under Victor Pasmore, Herbert Spencer and Anthony Froshaug alongside Peter Wildbur, Ken Briggs and Colin Forbes. Geoff was profiled in the journal Octavo and the book ‘Drip Dry Shirts’ by Lucienne Roberts.
He is perhaps most noted for his time as an influential year one tutor at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design.
At London College of Communication (LCC) Geoff has taught on the Design for Visual Communication courses bringing his unique take on visual language and typography to many students. These days Geoff makes an annual visit to the course to share his impressive collection of posters, many of which he designed himself. They are exemplars of the use of colour, space and typography.
Even now, in his 89th year, Geoff continues to explore new visual languages to extend the possibilities within his work – and delights in informing and inspiring new generations of designers.
We’d like this ISTD blog to be your story of working with or being taught by Geof White. Please leave your comments as a testimony to his influence and dedication to typography.